Today, we are exploring the University district and beyond. We took the local bus 10 to outside the stadium, where they have this lovely fountain. The tall building in the background is the main building where administration and the president of the University reside.
We wandered past the stadium and like all major state universities they take their football seriously here. The stadium is huge. The team is called the Texas Longhorns.
As you wander the main boulevard you see many nice buildings, some sculptures and plenty of grass and trees. The university went through a major building boom from 1925 to 1937 after oil was discovered on university owned land outside the city. That oil funded a lot!
The statue you can see in the distance below is of Dr Martin Luther King Jr.
This determined lady (to the left, not the one on the right who you know already) is a sculpture of Barbara Jordan. She was the first African American elected to the Texas Senate and the first southern black female elected to the United States House of Representatives. The lady to the right is also a tough nut.
View of the main building entrance and carillon tower.
The pool you see here is called the Terrapin pond.
Its 10.30am and Hans coffee clock is ticking so we headed into the IT faculty building thinking it was the library. This sign caught our eye... Coffee made by a robot?
Hans had to give it a go. It's all automated and you touch screen options to order an then you swipe your credit card. It knows your first name and puts it on a screen with a countdown clock until your coffee is ready. Hans claims he's had worse coffee from non-robots. A young lady explained this is a prototype machine being tested here. Not bad!
Although, you could argue that the "robot" is just a glorified vending machine...
Back to wandering and we headed in the West University area. A couple of nice murals, this one below of Texas, but otherwise the streetscape is not really that interesting.
Onto East Austin. We caught an approaching bus to downtown then walked from downtown. East Austin is supposed to be a new upcoming funky area but we were never clear of exactly where.
We walked quite a bit and saw a few bars, a couple of food trucks and this "food court" was quite interesting but nothing we felt worthy of a visit.
Local conspiracy shot below...
Hmmm Di has been a bit grouchy about the neighbourhood where we are staying in North Austin. It does make us laugh sometimes with conspiracy theory signs like the one below and some interesting characters...but is a bit of a worry when the local bums start recognizing us and wave hello! Next time we will pay more for a better location.
Time for some clothes washing and a rest before dinner at our local seafood joint, named Quality Seafood. Looked good, good prices, rated highly in Tripadvisor and has a Dixieland band playing on Monday nights...